Pain d'Epice (Spice Bread)

  • Yield:6


  • Butter, for greasing
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark honey
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Generous 2 cups flour
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 teaspoons ground mixed spices, such as anise, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and pepper


  1. 1.

    Preheat the oven to 300°F and grease a loaf pan with butter.

  2. 2.

    Place the sugar, honey, and baking soda in a large pan with generous 1/3 cup water. Melt over low heat, stirring. Remove from the heat and let cool a little before stirring in the flour, orange zest, and spices. Half-fill the prepared loaf pan with the batter.

  3. 3.

    Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

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